the poetry of science
To set the stage for this poem, show images of dinosaurs from National Geographic Kids (Online Resources). Then read the poem aloud, pausing dramatically before and after the bulleted list.
Share the poem again, and invite students to chime in on the bulleted list of lines beginning with “No” while you read the rest aloud.
Use this poem as a prompt to talk about actual theories about dinosaur extinction. One resource is a fun six-minute video produced by National Geographic (Online Resources).
When it comes to science, it’s important to begin by talking about science safety procedures. Research together what your school, district, or community mandates for classroom and outdoor investigations. This might include wearing safety goggles, washing hands, using materials and equipment appropriately, etc. Then create a simple poster highlighting these guidelines—with or without a dinosaur image!
Link this poem with another about lab safety, “Things to Do in Science Class” by Laura Purdie Salas (Online Resources). Just for fun, seek out Robert Weinstock’s collection of dino poems, Can You Dig It? (2010).
Kristy Dempsey author website: https://kristydempsey.com
National Geographic: Dinosaur Extinction: https://education.nationalgeographic.org/resource/nat-geo-explores-why-dinosaurs-extinction-ongoing-puzzle
National Geographic Kids: Dinosaurs: https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/animals/prehistoric
“Things to Do in Science Class” by Laura Purdie Salas: www.pinterest.com/pin/361625045092342196/
Dempsey, K. 2014. “Dinos in the Laboratory” in The poetry Friday anthology for science, eds. S. Vardell and J. Wong, 190. Princeton, NJ: Pomelo Books.
Weinstock, R. 2010. Can you dig it? New York: Disney-Hyperion.